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MRI with gadolinium. What is that?
Jan 31, 2003

My doctor ordered a MRI scan with gadolinium because of my enlarged lymph nodes. I was wondering if you could tell me what this might be for. I have never heard of gadolinium. Thank you

Response from Dr. Dezube

When doctors order either CT scans or MRI scans, they often order some type of contrast (a type of dye) which helps light up any abnormalities. More often than not, a doctor orders a CT or MRI scan, and the contrast agents are given by the radiologist without the doctor specifically asking for them. Gadolinium is nothing more than an agent given at the time of the MRI which enhances (improves) the MRI images. I wouldn't worry about the fact that your doctor asked for gadolinium-- it's pretty routine.

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